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"In Crystal City, Texas, everyone's an enemy—at least according to the government. For Japanese American Haruko and German American Margot, friendship makes internment bearable. But in a camp divided by fear and confusion, even friendship will be tested in this beautifully bittersweet WWII novel."
Fall 2018 Kids Indie Next List
“These teens couldn’t be more different: Haruko, Japanese American, outgoing, popular, compliant; and Margot, German American, reclusive, mistrustful, analytical. But what they have in common is more important: they’re very bright, observant members of families in turmoil, and in 1944 they’re living in an internment camp for enemy aliens. A secret and unlikely friendship becomes a lifeline for both of them. Like Hesse’s Girl in the Blue Coat, this riveting novel takes readers where we’ve never imagined going, with twists, turns, and startling intensity. The book is mesmerizing, empathetic, and incredibly timely in its treatment of injustice and fear of the other.”
— Banna Rubinow, The River's End Bookstore, Oswego, NY